Update On Florida State University Shooting


FSU Shooting: Was Myron May a “Targeted Individual”?






















Professor Tracey is not stranger to media criticism and one of the few intellectuals who speak about key issues affecting Americans with great risk to his career and family I might add.

Ph.D James Tracey of Florida Atlantic University Communications Professor.


By James F. Tracy

Law enforcement authorities and mainstream US news media are framing the November 20 Florida State University shooting incident as yet another case of a lone nut who regrettably gained access to a firearm.

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FSU Police Chief Michael DeLeo intimated May’s mental disorientation by noting to the press that the intellectually-gifted 31-year old attorney was in a “state of crisis.” “It’s clear Mr. May’s sense of being in place in our community,” DeLeo continued, “was not in a normal status” [sic]. For US journalists such statements, coupled with May’s unusual behavior leading up to the shooting are unambiguous: a sudden onset of mentally illness.

But was May in fact mentally ill? According to Derrick Robinson, President of Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance (FFCHS), the United States has a long history of mind control research and techniques, dating at least to the CIA’s MKULTRA and similar programs begun in the early 1950s.

“Basically their aim [has been] to control a human being without the person being aware of their efforts.” An individual can thus be directed to commit any number of acts, including murder and political assassination. “They use drugs, they use electroshock, they use hypnosis, and ultimately electromagnetic energy. That seemed to be what paid off the most for them.”[2] Robinson, an African American and US military veteran, also claims to be a victim of such practices.

May’s personal characteristics and behavior indeed fit the profile of a “targeted individual.” He was single, African American, changed his occupational status and living arrangements frequently over a short period leading up to the November 20 event (perhaps to avoid continued harassment), and was even in contact with FFCHS members for support as he protested what he perceived electronic surveillance and harassment on social media.

On Sept. 7, May called police in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to report that someone had installed a camera in his apartment. As the Miami Herald reports, “He told police he could hear voices coming through the walls, and the voices were talking about him. One evening, for instance, he heard the voices commenting on his actions as he applied lotion after a bubble bath.”[3] According to Las Cruces broadcast journalist Laura Thoren, when May “filed the report police told him to ‘switch apartments.’” Aaron Alexis made similar complaints to police in the weeks leading up to his September 16, 2013 assault on the Navy Yard military base.

In early October May abruptly resigned as an assistant district attorney in New Mexico. Shortly thereafter his ex-girlfriend informed Las Cruces police that May was showing symptoms of a “severe mental disorder” for which he had been hospitalized weeks earlier.

May also had difficulty sleeping, sometimes for four or five nights in a row, and recently without explanation traveled from New Mexico to Colorado.[4]

Finally, Myron May suggested that he was a victim of such practices just five days before he was shot and killed by FSU police. “IS OUR GOVERNMENT VIOLATING ORDINARY CITIZENS’ RIGHTS?” May posted on Facebook alongside a video on mind control. “UNFORTUNATELY THE ANSWER IS YES!”[5]

According to Robinson, the prevailing demographic of an electronic harassment/surveillance victim is a single woman between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, although single men are also desirable targets. “They tend to choose individuals that are alone and unattached to family and friends,” Robinson observes. “They tend to want someone that they can isolate, and if they can get someone by themselves they can really bring the full bearing of their program upon them.”[6]

Through the corporate media lens the fact that many thousands of individuals claim to be routinely subjected to such techniques is far outweighed by the more easily apprehended notion of a mentally unhinged lone gunman running amok. To an American public that remains largely ignorant of electronic harassment and surveillance and oblivious to the US intelligence community’s long history of mind control experimentation such assertions would appear baseless.

Even if journalists and the broader public were inclined toward historical awareness in this regard the idea that the US government and/or government contractors would wield such techniques to harass and manipulate American citizens seems particularly outlandish.

As with the Sandy Hook massacre and the rash of mass shootings since, the mental illness angle to this story will ultimately carry the day, providing further momentum to the gun control lobby and those seeking to make compulsory psychiatric evaluations and psychotropic drugs a routine component of public health.[7]


[1] John Kennedy, “Rampage Leaves Police Searching for Answers,” Palm Beach Post, November 21, 2014.

[2] James F. Tracy, “Electronic Criminality and Mind Control (Interview with Derrick Robinson)Memoryholeblog.com, October 17, 2014.

[3] Lisa Gartner, Mary Ellen Klas, et al., “FSU Shooter’s Life Unravels, Ends in Violent Tragedy,” Miami Herald, November 2o, 2014.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Kennedy, “Rampage Leaves Police Searching for Answers.”

[6] Tracy, “Electronic Criminality and Mind Control.”

[7] Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (PDF), January 16, 2013, Washington DC; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “HHS Announces $99 Million in New Grants to Improve Mental Health Services for Young People,” September 22, 2014, Washington DC; U.S. Department of Education, “U.S. Department of Education Invests More Than $70 Million to Improve School Climate and Keep Students Safe,” September 23, 2014.


Ph.D James Tracey of Florida Atlantic University Communications Professor.

Other issues addressed by Professor Tracey

It would seem so from the broadcast journalist’s January 11 performance on his CNN program. Once corporate news media have told us what “reality” is, no further questioning is allowed, especially from credentialed individuals such as “tenured professors.” One has to ask, “Is this journalism? Or the frustrated defense of a news presenter and an increasingly uncertain storyline?”

Or, “Does Anderson Cooper Want James Tracy and/or His Family Members Harmed?”


Other controversial issues discussed by professor Tracy include Sandy Hook.


Older post concerning Florida State I posted yesterday.


Not the first time tragedy has struck FSU. Ted Bundy murdered some sorority girls there under very suspicious circumstances.

Mass murderer Ted Bundy who supposedly was executed in Florida is said to be possibly the son of McGeorge Bundy an American diplomat whose brother was a CIA agent. Bundy The Mass Murderer

McGeorge Bundy was the National Security Supervisor for Kennedy and Johnson. His older brother was a CIA agent. All of McGeorge’s children are not listed on Wiki. The company loves inside jokes and probably felt there was no need to change Ted’s name as Americans are usually oblivious to what is going on around them. To wrap this up quickly, Miles Mathis shows some pretty strong circumstantial evidence that Ted Bundy is the missing fifth son of McGeorge Bundy. You can look at pics on his site and see the resemblance. I am trying to shorten this as much as possible so readers may follow the magic web.

It is interesting that Fritz Springmeier in his “Bloodlines of the Illuminati” identifies the Bundy family as one of the original 13 Illuminati bloodlines. He goes on to lists a who’s who of various Bundys who have occupied positions of authority in commerce and industry and particularly the power structure of the US government and intelligence agencies. He even adduces evidence of the notorious serial rapist and murderer Ted Bundy who actually joined the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1975 and was posthumously baptized in an “endowment” ceremony on May 2008 in the Jordan River Temple in South Jordan, a suburb 16 mile south of Salt Lake City Utah in an eldritch ritual the likes of which could only be encountered in the halls of Mormon. In the following linked video many similar questions are raised as to the role the Illuminati are playing in this theater of the absurd in Nevada which has all the makings of a classic intelligence agency psychological operation designed to effect a hidden agenda.



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There Has Been Another Campus Shooting-This Time At Florida State University

This is especially sickening for me as it is my alma mater. First there was Theodore Bundy now this.


Update 9 a.m.

“Two of the student victims in this morning’s shooting at FSU’s Strozier Library remain in the hospital, one in critical condition, one in good condition, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare officials said.

A third student injured in the shooting at about 12:30 a.m. at the library was treated at the scene and released, Tallahassee police officials said.

The lone gunman was confronted by officers at the front of the library shortly after shots were reported. Officers with the Tallahassee Police Department and FSU Police Department ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he fired at them instead. Officers returned fire, killing the man, who has not been identified.

FSU classes and exams have been canceled for the day, but the university is open and officials are providing counseling and other services to affected students. More than 300 students were studying in the library when the shootings occurred. Some fled without their shoes.

TPD, which has taken the lead in the investigation has so far held two news conferences. Another is planned for 3 p.m.”

It is not the first time tragedy has struck at FSU. I was a student there during the Ted Bundy murders. This one had a very dark side not many people know about.

Mass murderer Ted Bundy who supposedly was executed in Florida is said to be possibly the son of McGeorge Bundy an American diplomat whose brother was a CIA agent. Bundy The Mass Murderer


McGeorge Bundy was the National Security Supervisor for Kennedy and Johnson. His older brother was a CIA agent. All of McGeorge’s children are not listed on Wiki. The company loves inside jokes and probably felt there was no need to change Ted’s name as Americans are usually oblivious to what is going on around them. To wrap this up quickly, Miles Mathis shows some pretty strong circumstantial evidence that Ted Bundy is the missing fifth son of McGeorge Bundy. You can look at pics on his site and see the resemblance. I am trying to shorten this as much as possible so readers may follow the magic web.

It is interesting that Fritz Springmeier in his “Bloodlines of the Illuminati” identifies the Bundy family as one of the original 13 Illuminati bloodlines. He goes on to lists a who’s who of various Bundys who have occupied positions of authority in commerce and industry and particularly the power structure of the US government and intelligence agencies. He even adduces evidence of the notorious serial rapist and murderer Ted Bundy who actually joined the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1975 and was posthumously baptized in an “endowment” ceremony on May 2008 in the Jordan River Temple in South Jordan, a suburb 16 mile south of Salt Lake City Utah in an eldritch ritual the likes of which could only be encountered in the halls of Mormon. In the following linked video many similar questions are raised as to the role the Illuminati are playing in this theater of the absurd in Nevada which has all the makings of a classic intelligence agency psychological operation designed to effect a hidden agenda.


It will be very interesting to find out more concerning the background of this shooter.

He was studying and planning to take the Florida Law exam. He was a former counselor at the Taunton Children’s home.


“Last week he wrote on the Facebook page of the group conspiracy theory group Targeted Individuals International saying: ‘Has anyone ever been encouraged by your handler to kill with a promise of freedom. ‘

However, last month an ex-girlfriend called police on May saying he was harassing her. The woman said May, who was living in Las Cruces, N.M., had developed a severe mental disorder, according to a police report, believing cops were after him, bugging his phone and putting cameras in his car and home.

She said May had been diagnosed with ADHD and was taking prescription medication for it; but the affliction had worsened over the prior few weeks.”

He also posted a video about Remote Neural Monitoring – a technique that involves monitoring someone’s brain from a different location.”

May had also been reported to have worked for the DA in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


The Virginia Tech shooter was also reportedly taking prescription medication.


















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What Gardasil Did to Me: Pacemaker at Age 21



What Gardasil did to me: POTS and a Pacemaker

When I was 20 years old, I was working as a certified pharmacy technician. I was very healthy, athletic and active. I looked forward to my future.

Gardasil was approved by the FDA in June of 2006. That December, one week before my 21st birthday, I received my first of three injections. I have not been the same person since then.

My first symptoms were fatigue, dizziness, and chest pains. One month after the first dose (January 2007), I was transported to the local emergency room for chest pains. I was released, but three days later I fainted for the first time in my life. This resulted in another trip to the hospital; this time from my place of work.

I was admitted to the hospital for the next five days. While there I had a tilt table test that was positive. My symptoms resembled panic attacks: racing heart (increasing from aroung 80 beats per minute to over 160, feeling nauseous and hot. I did not actually pass out though.

Immediately following the tilt table test, I had an electro physiology study done. This is a special catheterization test during which flexible insulated wires with metal electrode tips (electrode catheters) are inserted into the heart in order to study the cardiac electrical system. The results from that were negative. However, that night after the tests were performed, I fainted again.

I was discharged with the possible diagnosis of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). POTS is defined by symptoms of orthostatic intolerance associated with an increase in heart rate from the supine to upright position of more than 30 beats per minute, or to a heart rate of greater than 120 beats per minute within ten minutes of head-up tilt (HUT). An exaggerated increase in heart rate often accompanied by hypotension (low blood pressure) in association with dizziness, nausea, palpitations, heat and fatigue in the upright position.

I was put on some medication and advised to increase my salt intake.

A month later (February 2007) I received the second dose of Gardasil. Up until this point, I had fainted 3 times, all in the month of January. Only 5 days after receiving the second dose I fainted. The very next day, the same thing happened again.

After following my cardiologist’s orders as far as medication and increased salt intake, I was still passing out every two weeks or so. These fainting episodes resulted in concussions, facial bruising, and shoulder injuries. Once after driving home at night, I passed out in my driveway. The next morning I was admitted to the hospital for observation where my cardiologist tried different medications. I was released after another 5 days.

By May, I had fainted 9 times so I was sent to see a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. While there an EEG was done, as well as an autonomic reflex test. Both turned out negative. However, I was advised not to receive the 3rd Gardasil vaccination and was told that all of my symptoms could be due to the HPV vaccinations.

By July 1st, I had passed out 13 times and was referred to a cardiologist at the Mayo Hospital where another tilt table test was done. This one also came out positive. By now, I had to wear a 24-hour heart monitor as well as an event monitor.


The 24-hour monitor showed my racing heartbeat and the event monitor showed an arrhythmia. We were not able to record a fainting episode because when I passed out either the leads became unhooked, or the impact from the fall would disconnect the power cord or cause the batteries to fall out.

As of August 30, 2007, I had fainted 22 times, the last episode resulting in a fractured wrist. My cardiologist decided to implant a pacemaker the very next morning.

This changed my life dramatically. I was taking from 6 to 9 pills per day. I was only able to work four hours a day instead of full time. I was so fatigued all the time that my social life declined substantially. I was unable to go anywhere by myself for fear I would pass out and injure myself. I wondered if life would ever be ’normal’ again.

Both my cardiologist and neurologist suggested Gardasil is to blame for my condition.

Before Gardasil I was a healthy, independent student looking forward to life on my own. Instead my social life became almost non-existent. My future plans diminished due to my inability to earn a full-time wage. Fainting episodes meant I could not spend any time alone. My entire life was altered tremendously.

Based on my horrible experiences after receiving Gardasil, I would not recommend this vaccine to anyone. No one explained possible side effects to me before I took two of the three shots. I do not want to see anyone else going through similar circumstances without being warned. Gardasil is not safe for everyone – it was not safe for me.

Fast forward seven years…

I am now 28 years old, married with two beautiful boys. I still have my pacemaker implanted.

My employer at the pharmacy where I worked when I got the Gardasil injections was very understanding and accommodating. I left work there to pursue other opportunities. It was not long before I found myself unable to perform the job requirements without getting lightheaded, dizzy and having my heart race uncontrollably. I was fired after only six months.

My next employer was wonderful and much more accommodating, but I left to become a stay at home mom.

Both of my pregnancies were difficult. The first one, I developed pre-eclampsia. The doctors believe I had it for some time before I was diagnosed because my POTS masked the symptoms. What would be normal to high for a regular person was my blood pressure, but they didn’t realize I had started with such a low blood pressure reading so ’normal’ for me was much lower than other people.

After this pregnancy, my POTS symptoms diminished.

My second pregnancy was completely different. By the 3rd trimester the POTS symptoms returned with a vengeance. It felt like I was 21 again. It has been eight months since I gave birth to my second son and POTS is still a substantial problem.

My 8 month old boy, Paxton, is facing many health issues right now as well. Part of me wonders if something in the vaccine was still in my body and is now affecting him. I read an article the other day regarding the effects Gardasil may have on babies if a mom was vaccinated while pregnant, or shortly before becoming pregnant. It was quite frightening.

If you are considering Gardasil, or any other HPV vaccine, please do some research before you decide, I wish I would have.

Please remember – no medication is safe for everyone.

This article first appeared at Sane Vax. Read this article in French here.


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Millions of Kenyan Women Given Vaccines Covertly Laced with Anti-Fertility Agent

With this blob as with many, I don’t have time to keep up with the pace.

Millions of Kenyan Women Given Vaccines Covertly Laced with Anti-Fertility Agent

And how do they get away with this? Because ……………. teevee. The propaganda is immense these days. The denizens of the west are so dumbed down due to flouride, vaccines, GMO, chemtrials etc. You might be better off talking to a blow up doll. Of course they are working Africa also which has politicians who take no back seat to the west when it comes to satanic policies.

Eat yo face off


I have learned along the way the anything I post or all information will simply be buried by the search engines.

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Catholic African Doctors Distance Themselves From WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign

Kenya Catholic Doctors Association are distancing themselves from the WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign launched last year in October ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus.

“When tetanus is laced with HCG and administered in five doses every 6 months, the woman develops antibodies against both the tetanus and the HCG in 2 – 3 years after the last injection. Once a mother develops antibodies against HCG, she rejects any pregnancy as soon as it starts growing in her womb thus causing repeated abortions and subsequent sterility.

WHO conducted massive vaccinations campaigns using the tetanus vaccine laced with HCG in Mexico in 1993 and Nicaragua and Philippines in 1994 ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. The campaign targeted women aged 14 – 49 years and each received a total of 5 injections.

What is downright immoral and evil is that the tetanus laced with HCG was given as a fertility regulating vaccine without disclosing its ‘contraceptive effect’ to the girls and the mothers. As far as they were concerned, they had gone for an innocent injection to prevent neonatal tetanus!”

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4.5 Earthquake In The Gulf Of Mexico





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Ukraine Opens To Monsanto And Large-Scale Land-Grabs

Ukraine’s black earth belt may probably have the most fertile soil on our planet. Ukraine has been called the “bread basket of Europe”, and international agribusiness is drooling over the chance to get hold of it. The combination of an economic catastrophe and the corrupt regime in Kiev provides a golden opportunity for Monsanto, GMO to carry out large-scale land-grabs.

The scramble for natural resources – Among other things, the conflict in Ukraine concerns natural resources. These include uranium and other minerals, and especially Ukraine’s fertile soil. The country has been the world’s third largest exporter of corn and the fifth largest exporter of wheat. The Ukrainian “black soil” forms a thick layer and is rich in nutrients. It is difficult to find land that can be more easily farmed. Global cooperations are looking to control it. This struggle is nothing new. More than 1.6 million hectares (nearly as much as the area of the state of New Jersey) have already been sold to foreign agro-business. The largest contracts have been handed o companies based in Luxemburg, Cyprus (perhaps as a cover for Russian or Ukrainian oligarchs) and in France. China signed an agreement to buy more than 3 million hectares (30 000 square kilometers) in 2013 (equivalent to the size of Belgium, comprising 5 % of all of the fertile soil in Ukraine), but at present there are doubts whether this deal will be finalized. (Please read Land concentration, land grabbing and people’s struggles in Europe.)

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Million Man March V For Vendetta Descends On London For Real-Wow


The Million Mask March will course through London on Wednesday November 5. The march, in which all demonstrators obscure their faces to protect their identity, is in protest against austerity, mass surveillance and attacks on human rights.

Organized by the global hacktivist group Anonymous, the London protest will march from Trafalgar Square and finish at the Houses of Parliament.

It is unknown how many demonstrators will join the march, as pleas from police for information have remained unanswered.

In 2013 the event gathered crowds of more than 2,500. The Facebook event suggests over 6,000 people may attend this year.

AFP Photo/Will Oliver

Speaking to RT, an Anonymous source said the Million Mask March, a tradition began in 2011, was originally called OpVendetta, and initially only gathered a crowd of 50.

Within a year, the following had grown to 2,000, and in 2013 the decision was made to rename the march the “Million Mask March,” the source said.

In 2013, there were over 400 Anonymous demonstrations worldwide, held to coincide with the annual British tradition of Bonfire Night of November 5, the date on which a group of dissident plotters tried to blow up parliament in 1605. Attendants often wear a Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by the 2005 film V for Vendetta, which has become the group’s trademark disguise.

The global protests took place last year in various world cities including Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Paris, Chicago and Sydney.

RT’s Anonymous source said: “It’s a night of grievance on a night that’s historically about parliament and how it’s not always working in the people’s interests.”

“We burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a fire each year as a warning against standing against parliament so we just felt it would be symbolic,” they added.

In the lead up to the march, Anonymous sent a direct message to global bodies of power.

“To oppressive governments, we say this: we do not expect our campaign to be completed in a short time frame. However, you will not prevail against the angry masses of the body politic.”

The message further addresses the British government, saying they have “made an enemy of Anonymous,” and that they have “angered them considerably.”

This annual protest against austerity comes after a wave of protests and strikes swept through the UK during September and October.

On October 12, National Health Service (NHS) workers staged a strike over an ongoing pay dispute. The four hour strike marked the first time in history in which nurses have taken strike action.

Three days later, on October 15, the Public Commercial Services union (PCS) walked out over a 1 percent pay rise cap – a pay cut in real terms. Some 200,000 public sector workers walked out for 24 hours, causing nationwide disruption to job centers, museums and courts.

More recently, police are alleged to have employed excessive violence against Occupy Democracy protesters in Parliament Square, forcibly removing tarpaulins and belongings and making over 40 arrests.

The Metropolitan Police say they wish to engage with Anonymous so they can “work together to ensure they can protest safely.”

Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said they are trying to contact Anonymous, but “no one has come forward.”

“We are keen to talk with them to ensure they are able to protest; it is important that they talk to us so that we can work together to achieve a safe and successful event.”


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1,200-foot sinkhole opens up in Ohio: Pipeline exposed and hanging — Gas company working to fix problem — “I’ve never seen anything like this… very unusual situation”


A section of land the length of four football fields collapsed Wednesday afternoon leaving a gaping hole.

The collapse left about 70 to 80 feet of a 4-inch natural gas line exposed, and hanging.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources geologist was at the scene to assist in determining the cause of the collapse.

“I’ve worked for ODOT 16 years now and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said [ODOT District Deputy Director Lloyd] MacAdams. “This is very unusual situation. You would never think this pond would make it to the state route.”

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“Residents in communities near the Trinity Site, on what is now the White Sands Missile Range about 80 miles north of Alamogordo, have charged in recent years that entire families have been wiped out by cancers and other illnesses caused by the Trinity detonation — specifically from eating contaminated crops and livestock and drinking radiation-tainted water.

They also fear that because of radiation-altered DNA, the illnesses and deaths have now jumped to the second and third generations…”

Who knows maybe Chiappalone is right.

“This is an essay about Planetary Destruction.”


If you are easily disturbed by thoughts of the possibility of your physical demise, please read no further.



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Confessions Of A Climate Change Denialist

by Kasra Hassani

I, a scientist with a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, was a climate change denialist. Wait, let me add, I was an effective climate change denialist: I would throw on a cloak of anecdotal evidence and biased one-sided skepticism and declare myself a skeptic. Good scientists are skeptics, right?I sallied forth and denied every piece of evidence that was presented to me, for a relatively long time.

Changes in Arctic sea ice are an indicator of climate change. By NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio and adapted for NASA’s Global Climate Change website http://climate.nasa.gov/ (http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA14385) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It feels strange when I look back — I inadvertently fell into almost every pitfall of pseudo-science, shutting my eyes and repeating a series of mantras, such as “I don’t believe it!”“Why does it even matter?” and “I don’t care!”.

Thankfully, those days are over, but the memories linger. Although the evolution of my thought, from ignorance, to denial, to skepticism and finally to acceptance was a continuum, in retrospect I can distinguish certain phases that are worth listing and discussing. I hope my experience encourages others to loosen up some strongly held beliefs and listen to the din of evidence.. Here are the prominent phases of my climate change denialism:

The “We have bigger problems” phase:

Being a biology and ecology geek in high school, my mind nurtured environmental concerns, especially in my birth country, Iran, where air and environment pollution, uncontrolled hunting, deforestation and desert formation are rampant. When I first heard about climate change through media (nothing had been taught in school), I couldn’t help but see it as a distraction from more immediate issues — poverty, childhood mortality, wars and conflicts, pollution, and so on. It bothered me to think of countries coming together and people marching in the streets over such a hypothetical long-term effect while children die of preventable causes. This phase slowly transformed into…..

The “It’s all a conspiracy!” phase:

The conspiracist in me intensified after I read the novel State of Fear by Michael Crichton, a science-fiction author of Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and whom I adored during my teenage years. State of Fear had a very science-y look with references, graphs, arguments and counter-arguments. Its thesis was that the media exploited global warming to keep us in a state-of-fear and guilt over the very act of being human. And then, I moved into…

The “OK, it may be happening, but who knows if it’s our fault” phase:

As time went on, I was exposed to more and more evidence in support of climate change that I could no longer deny. I had no choice but to adapt my theory and finally admit to some sort of climate change. “OK, it may be happening, but how can you tell if it’s our fault? We lack a control Earth!” To back myself up, I clung to a variety of fringe arguments: “It’s the sun!” or “We can’t trust the measurements!” or “It has happened before! It’s normal!” and so on. (You can find a long list of common climate change myths debunked here and a shorter version here. Right now the list counts up to 176. New ones are added often.)

Some studies have suggested that people who believe in one conspiracy theory, tend to believe others as well, even if they are contradictory to one another. This is usually because the conspiracy theory needs to be strengthened in face of every new piece of contradictory evidence. Also, once you fall into the trap of believing that a huge sinister organization can perform an action so perfectly yet covertly, then you believe other conspiracies are plausible. Thankfully, I avoided the meta-conspiracist delusions. During this years, I actively discussed and argued with other conspiracy theorists and denialists, especially on biology and health-related issues such as evolution, immunization, and genetic engineering. Still, I kept adapting my own denial strategy, eventually leading to….

The “It’s not that important” phase:

This became a recurring thought supplied by my lack of knowledge and failure to see the impact that climate change has on the environment. I kept referring to other pressing and more tangible global issues. I was blind to how the pressing environmental concerns of today—energy, water, pollution, sustainability—were actually in harmony with actions needed to fight climate change. This can be clearly seen in United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals and their special focus on climate change.

Head in Sand

Finally, I crawled into…

The “Maybe I’m being in denial” phase:

No one undeniable bit of evidence unequivocally proved to me that humans were responsible for climate change, which makes sense if you’re me. Science works on multiple proofs. One single experiment or piece of evidence supports a theory, it doesn’t prove anything. Over time, as different researchers gather more evidence a theory becomes refined and a more acceptable explanation for natural phenomenon. But it also took time because I was never astonished by a piece of evidence or a big news story; when you are in denial, evidence is unlikely to change your mind. On the contrary, it might persuade you to cover your ears and pretend you’re not listening. Believe it or not, there exists a “Flat Earth Society,” and no, I won’t link to it.

So what happened to me then? What was the revelation? How did I enter…

The “Tear down the conspiracy wall!” phase:

I began to actively pursue knowledge on how to discuss climate change with conspiracy theorists (the ones who believe in conspiracies in principle and therefore are more likely to be climate change denialists) that I realized my strong-held beliefs and stubbornness matched the same criteria as the people I was trying to convince. I was a denialist myself.

I created a list of every question and doubt I had about the physics, chemistry, biology, economics, and politics of climate change, and I started reading. I took online courses. I listened to podcasts. Every myth in my head popped and floated away. I learned that cosmic rays cannot account for the current patterns of climate change; that low and middle-income countries and their fragile economies are actually more vulnerable to climate change than high-income countries and should care more about it; that climate change could be accelerating desert formation; and finally that pushing for renewable energies and sustainable development is in harmony with combating climate change. It all made sense without the need for an Evil Monster Corporation hiding a big truth or pushing a secret agenda. I was conspiracy-free!

Bottom line

No human is free of bias. There could be certain social, political and even personal circumstances that would stiffen a thought or belief in one’s mind. It takes effort try to identify our biases and rid ourselves of them, or at least be conscious of them. But it’s definitely worth it.

KasraKasra Hassani is a former researcher in microbiology and immunology who gave up the lab to study public health. He now likes to sit at the intersection of research and the society.

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